Meaning of “determine” in the English Dictionary

"determine" in British English

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determineverb

uk /dɪˈtɜː.mɪn/ us /dɪˈtɝː.mɪn/

determine verb (DECIDE)

C1 [ T often passive ] to control or influence something directly, or to decide what will happen:

The number of staff we can take on will be determined by how much money we're allowed to spend.
Your health is determined in part by what you eat.
Eye colour is genetically determined.
[ + question word ] formal Officials will determine whether or not the game will be played.
People should be allowed to determine their own future.

[ T ] formal to make a strong decision:

[ + that ] She determined that one day she would be an actor.
[ + to infinitive ] On leaving jail, Joe determined to reform.

More examples

  • Genes determine how we develop from the moment the sperm fuses with the egg.
  • The economy is regarded as the decisive/key factor which will determine the outcome of the general election.
  • The success of the event will be determined by the vagaries of the weather.
  • People want to determine their own destinies.
  • The amount of money the bank is willing to lend is determined by the value of the property.

(Definition of “determine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"determine" in American English

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determineverb

us /dɪˈtɜr·mən/

determine verb (DECIDE)

to control or influence directly; to decide:

[ T ] We should be allowed to determine our own future.
[ T ] Eye color is genetically determined.
[ + to infinitive ] He determined to find out the real reason.

determine verb (DISCOVER)

[ T ] to find out or make certain facts or information:

The police never actually determined the cause of death.
[ + question word ] I can’t determine why your phone isn’t working.
[ + that clause ] The investigation determined that the death was accidental.

(Definition of “determine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"determine" in Business English

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determineverb [ T often passive ]

uk /dɪˈtɜːmɪn/ us

to control or influence something directly, or to decide what will happen:

The number of staff we can take on will be determined by how much money we're allowed to spend.
The company will determine which stores to close by the end of November.

to discover the facts or truth about something:

determine whether/why/how, etc. The office will conduct a follow-up audit to determine whether changes and improvements have been made.

(Definition of “determine” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)